SIDAM 25 (Mistral)

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Sistema Italiano Difesa Aerea Mobile, 25mm (Mistral)
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.0/10.0/10.0BR
SPAAClass
3 peopleCrew
123 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
38 / 44 / 38Hull
38 / 25 / 25Turret
Mobility
14.3 tWeight
404 hp212 hpEngine power
28 hp/t15 hp/tSurface density
69 km/h forward
16 km/h back
64 km/h forward
14 km/h back
Speed
Armament
Mistral SATCPRocket
6 roundsAmmunition
6 roundsBelt capacity
120 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 87°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
up to 1 km/hFire on the move
4 x 25 mm Oerlikon KBA cannonMain weapon
660 roundsAmmunition
1.0 / 1.3 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
550 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 87°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 000 / 6 610/7 500 / 9 915/12 000 / 15 864Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
232 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png

Description

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The Sistema Italiano Difesa Aerea Mobile, 25mm (Mistral) is a rank VII Italian SPAA with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Mobility

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Armaments

Main armament

Main article: Oerlikon KBA (25 mm)

The SIDAM 25 (Mistral) is outfitted with the following offensive weapons:

  • 4 x 25 mm Oerlikon KBA autocannons (215 RPG - 660 total)

The SIDAM 25 (Mistral) is armed with 4 x 25 mm cannons, with the main purpose of destroying aircraft. Like almost all SPAA armaments, these cannons are not designed to disable or destroy tanks. It is capable of destroying other SPAA, and some SPGs, but it is limited in its anti-tank effectiveness. It carries 660 rounds for each cannon, giving a total of 2,640 rounds.

Additional armament

Main article: Mistral SATCP

The SIDAM 25 (Mistral) is outfitted with the following additional armament:

  • 6 x Mistral SATCP Surface-to-Air missiles

The SIDAM also possesses 6 surface-to-air (SAM) Launchers, for its Mistral missiles. These can be guided by the radar system onto the target and have an approximate effective range of 4 km. However jets will most likely to evade the missiles if fired from this range, so it is suggested that you wait to fire these at a closer range than 4 km where it will be more difficult for them to react and evade. The history section (at the bottom of this page) suggests that using the cannon at short range, and missiles for longer range targets, is the best tactic.

Usage in battles

The SIDAM, with its radar guidance and a powerful arsenal of weaponry, is more than capable of taking down most aircraft within range. Helicopters, with their flare, present an issue for the missiles, but unlike the Stormer HVM, the SIDAM has guns! This allows you to dispatch a helicopter with ease, although you may choose to fire missiles to take down a particularly experienced player, as this will not only give you an opportunity to kill him, your teammates may be able to take him down. The SIDAM, like most other anti-aircraft vehicles, has virtually no useful armour and is very susceptible to incoming fire including some heavy machine gun rounds. Fortunately, it has a reasonable range, so it should be able to protect its team from a distance. As the history does point out, the crews assigned to this vehicle tended to fire missiles at long-range targets and then utilised the cannons at closer targets. Unfortunately, its missiles launchers, although a great asset, is also on the top of the turret, leaving them very exposed. Much like most anti-aircraft and missile tanks, if these missiles are hit while still in the launchers, they will most likely detonate and cause damage to the vehicle.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Possesses both cannons and missiles
  • Has a reasonable mobility
  • High rate of fire from cannons

Cons:

  • Has inadequate armour to withstand large calibre cannon fire
  • Can only use cannons against ground targets, missiles can only be utilised for anti-air attacks
  • Missile launchers are highly exposed on the top of the tank
  • Does not have a search radar
  • Missiles have an absolute maximum range of 5.5 km

History

Modernization plans for the SIDAM 25 were drawn up in late 1994, when Italian engineers proposed the up-arming of the vehicle with Mistral surface-to-air missiles in order to give it better long-range capabilities and improve its performance as a whole.

The missiles were to be distributed between two launchers, with each launcher containing three missiles. As such, the vehicle could then utilize the missiles against targets at long range, whilst preserving the cannon armament for close-range engagements.

The modernization of the SIDAM 25s with Mistral SAMs was expected to begin in the early 2000s, alongside some other potential upgrades as well.

- From Devblog

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See also

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External links

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Italy anti-aircraft vehicles
AS 42 · R3 T20 FA-HS · M42 Contraereo · SIDAM 25 · OTOMATIC · SIDAM 25 (Mistral)